But it's not for the want of trying... On the AM bands today, Barack Obama was a flesh-eating, vampire-socialist: "Bill Ayres, Bill Ayres, Bill Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, Jeremiah Wright, Jeremiah Wright."
Monday was about The Manchurian Candidate/Terrorist Edition, a frenetic hope by McCain to turn the page on the sinking economy, an unfolding Katrina for which McCain has no coherent plan.
Dave Boze (KTTH m-f, 3-6p) bemoaned the "creepy" Obama "cult-like" following.
"Push back the liberal whores!" squeaked Mark LeVIN (KVI m-f, 6-8p).
Laura Ingraham (KVI m-f, 12-3p) flapped her leathery wings and scolded McCain (as she do). "Quit calling for bipartisanship, and get on the attack."
~~ Palin led the day's shitstorm: "[Obama] is one who views America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who bomb their own country." At one point the inspired cry of "kill him!" was shouted out, though it wasn't clear whether the shouter meant Obama or Bill Ayres.
~~ Joe McCain- the lesser brother, told supporters at an event in Virginia that the heavily Democratic Inner Suburbs were "Communist."
~~ At the Palin rally in Florida, a sheriff in uniform took the stage to introduce the candidate and yelled: “On Nov. 4th, let’s leave Barack Hussein Obama wondering what happened!” (In Feb., back when he was keeping his pledge of purity, McCain rebuked radio talk show host Bill Cunningham for doing the same thing).
~~ At the same rally, emcee Mandy Connell, a local conservative radio host referred to Obama as “a guy who hangs around with terrorists.”
~~ Talk radio and hosts argued Monday about whether it was Hamas, Hezbollah, the Castro Brothers, or all of the above who endorsed Obama.
~~ In Albuquerque, when McCain shouted “All people want to know is: What has this man ever actually accomplished in government? What does he plan for America? In short: Who is the real Barack Obama?” Someone in the crowd responded by yelling loudly: “A Terrorist!”
~~ McCain released a new teevee ad Monday calling Obama "dishonorable" and "dangerous," using a way out-of-context clip of him saying troops in Afghanistan were "...just air-raiding villages and killing civilians."
Talk radio deals the race cards in spades.
He wrote that even though Rush campaigned against McCain in the primary season because he's a "closet liberal and a collaborator with Democratic enemies," Rush never intended to desert the GOP, but rather to push Olde John to the right.
He succeeded, and Rush claims Palin was offered up to him as dowry for his re-marriage with The Party. Chafets writes: "... in an e-mail last week, Limbaugh informed me that, post-Palin, his support for the McCain ticket was "balls to the wall."
This is a very big deal. A satisfied Limbaugh means an enthusiastic Limbaugh, and an enthusiastic Limbaugh could be the difference in a close race. Between 14 million and 20 million people listen to him every week, by far the largest audience in talk radio. His show energizes the Republican base, but, even more important, it appeals to a great many conservative Democrats and independents of the kind McCain needs to win swing states.
But Limbaugh's gonads' (always dubious) new juxtaposition to the proverbial room divider doesn''t seem to have helped the Olde John/Gidget ticket after all.
His bark may still work like a bite on timid politicians, but doesn't seem to move citizens.
Will it be a close?
In an election which began based on the Iraq War, it's now all about the economy. Most voters polled say the economy is no.1, and McCain trails Obama among voters asked who can best guide us out of this particular mire. By double digits.
McCain has been crazy-pants and incoherent on the financial situation and can't possibly win while doing so poorly on the top concern of more than half of voters.
After the economic catastrophe and Palin's image collapse, the McCain campaign waved the white flag of surrender in Michigan, and is trying to change the subject from the economy despite it's what voters are most interested in talking about.
Sarah Palin did not drool in her debate, but the ratings seem to have solidified -- even improved -- for Obama. The hapless campaign keeps lurching from negative ads to faux controversies like they have for a month.
Rush blames the recession on "Marxist social engineering."It was "loaning money to minorities and poor people who could not pay it back," he says. ... This was affirmative action via mortgage. ... But nobody dares say it!"
McCain has been playing ultra-conservative on teevee but now he can't decry the "socialistic" bail-out -- he voted for it. He's also been a famous deregulator.
Short of a bullet, or a terrorist attack, we don't think this dynamic can change. the economy is simply bigger than a rehash of last summer's attack's on Obama's associations. Voters see it for what it is: a desperate attempt at changing the subject .